Milk Stations provide not only a fun and novel way of buying your milk, but they are also the most environmentally friendly solution for purchasing a product which most of us regularly utilise on a daily basis. By supplying your own reusable container, rather than buying milk in non-biodegradable plastic bottles, considerably less waste is produced when compared to buying milk in the usual way. In addition, you can rest assured that the milk purchased from a vending machine has been produced close by and has not been transported across the country, or indeed across Europe as is often the case with imported milk. This means not only lower food miles and a reduced carbon footprint, but also that the milk you are buying is probably the freshest you will ever come across originating from a local producer.
A simple search online will reveal a vast amount of information on the topic of how dairy farmers in the UK currently receive preposterously little per litre of milk relative to what the consumer typically pays in retailer outlets. This has been the main motivator in Europe for the appearance of milk vending machines all across the continent from Spain, France and Italy, through Switzerland and Germany, to Eastern European countries such as Slovenia, Hungary and Slovakia. There are around 11,200 dairy farmers in the UK who not only produce an important component of our daily diet, but are in essence the guardians of the quintessentially English countryside. By buying the product of a local farmer directly you are supporting their business and the local economy, rather than large milk processing companies and supermarkets that usually swallow up the bulk of profits gained from every pint of milk sold.
Finally, The Milk Station Company is a new venture in otherwise unchartered territory and, to the best of our knowledge, the first of its kind in the UK. If you agree with the above principles we would be grateful for any feedback you might be prepared to leave via our Contacts page. Also, if you would be excited about seeing a Milk Station in your area we would love to hear from you – please leave us a message, including where you are based.